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Nelsons to debut as BSO music director this week
BOSTON (AP) — A new era begins this week for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
'Maze Runner' races past 'Tombstones' with $32.5 M

In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Dylan O'Brien appears in a scene from the film, "The Maze Runner." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Ben Rothstein)NEW YORK (AP) — The young-adult thriller "The Maze Runner" raced to the box-office top spot with $32.5 million, sprinting past Liam Neeson's "A Walk Among the Tombstones."


South Africa sets 'Nutcracker' in the Kalahari Desert

Dancers of the Joburg Ballet perform on September 17, 2014 in Johannesburg during a full dress rehearsal of the "Nutcracker Re-Imagined"Johannesburg (AFP) - It's danced to Tchaikovsky's famous melody, but it's not your traditional Christmas Nutcracker: the Joburg Ballet has set it in the Kalahari desert among ancient Bushmen paintings.


'The Maze Runner' weaves way to top of box office

Dylan O'Brien, Amy Astley, Ki Hong Lee and Kaya Scodelario attend the "Maze Runner" New York City screening on September 15, 2014 in New YorkLos Angeles (AFP) - Science-fiction action film "The Maze Runner" weaved its way to the top of the North American box office this weekend, earning $32.5 million on its debut, industry estimates showed Sunday.


Doug E Fresh highlights BET Hip-Hop awards

FILE - In this May 7, 2008, file photo, Doug E. Fresh performs with Galactic at the seventh annual Jammy awards at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Atlanta is set to host the taping of the BET Hip-Hop Awards, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Fresh will be honored with "I Am Hip-Hop Icon" awards for the achievements in his career. He's known for classic hits such as "La Di Da Di" and "The Show." (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)ATLANTA (AP) — With a picture of his mother on a large screen behind him, Doug E Fresh struggled to complete his sentence. The rapper dubbed "The Human Beat Box" choked up and shed tears as he received the "I Am Hip-Hop Award" at the ninth BET Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday.


NY governor, Billy Joel join NY beach cleanup
OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and singer Billy Joel helped pick up trash at a beach on New York's Long Island.
Ruby Dee memorialized in NYC with song and dance

Singer Alicia Keys performs during a memorial service for actress Ruby Dee at The Riverside Church, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee was memorialized Saturday in poetry, dance and song at a packed Harlem cathedral where Alicia Keys sang her song "Superwoman," Wynton Marsalis performed a stirring trumpet solo, and well-wishes were sent from Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and the White House.


U2 guitarist gets boost in bid for Malibu mansions

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2011 file photo, U2 guitarist The Edge, whose given name is David Evans, attends the opening night gala screening of 'From The Sky Down' at Roy Thompson Hall during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. The California Coastal Commission staff has agreed to allow Evans to build a scaled-down compound in the mountains above Malibu. The staff recommended Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, that the commission approve a smaller development than the one originally envisioned. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The guitarist for U2 finally has an edge in getting his long-planned compound of mansions built in the mountains above Malibu.


'Cape Fear' actress Polly Bergen dead at 84

Actress Polly Bergen attends the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 21, 2012 in New York CityLos Angeles (AFP) - Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, best known for playing a terrorized wife in the classic 1962 thriller "Cape Fear" alongside Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, died Saturday, her publicist said. She was 84.


2-day iHeartRadio festival kicks off on Las Vegas

Taylor Swift performs at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Swift didn't divulge any more new secrets about her forthcoming album when she took the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, but the crowd's enthusiasm about her bouncy new single, "Shake it Off," seems to bode well for the new record.